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Five run for Sharpsburg council seats

June 02, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG -- Five hopefuls have filed to run in a special election to be held Tuesday, June 16, so Sharpsburg voters can fill two vacant council seats.

Town Clerk Anna Jamison said the five candidates are former Councilwoman Patricia Hammond, and newcomers William McCullough, Brandon Smith, Tracy Stride and Stephanie Taylor.

The first of the vacancies occurred in December when longtime councilman Russell Weaver resigned. Then on March 19, Councilwoman Marjorie Ann Jamison died at the age of 63. She had been a member of the council since 2001.

Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said in March that Weaver's resignation generated four letters from interested residents for the councilman's seat. Interviews were held and a replacement was expected to be announced at the April meeting.

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Then with Jamison's death, the town again asked for letters from people interested in filling her seat, Spielman said.

A decision later was made to hold a special election.

On June 16, the polling place for the special election will be Town Hall, where residents may cast ballots from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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